You'll love this if …
- You're a beginner or intermediate genealogist seeking helpful research tips and quick-reference information for tracing your US ancestors
- Your ancestry is spread out over multiple states, making the full State Research Guides collection an excellent value over purchasing individual guides
- You want to own the entire collection on a portable, space-saving CD format that you can search and print, and tote with you on research outings
Wherever your US ancestors lived, Family Tree Magazine’s State Research Guides CD will help you trace them with genealogy tips and tools for all 50 states, plus Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.
This fully revised and updated second edition includes new resources, maps and a bonus guide to nationwide records. It’s all in an enhanced PDF format that lets you quickly and easily navigate from state to state, click directly to recommended websites, instantly search the full text of all 52 guides, and print pages for reference. Take this indispensable CD with you wherever you do research!
In each State Research Guide, you'll get:
- How-To Article: An overview of the state’s history and important records, with expert advice on tracking your family there
- Best Research Resources: Essential websites, books and other genealogy tools
- Key Libraries, Archives and Organizations: Where to go to get the records you need
- Fast Facts: At-a-glance information about the state and its genealogical records
- Top Historic Destinations: Best destinations for learning about your ancestors’ lives and times
- Timeline: A quick look at key events in the state’s history
- County Map: An easy way to put your research in geographical context The State Research Guides collection is packed with the guidance you need to find your family anywhere in America, including these helpful tips—and many more!
Research tip from the Pennsylvania State Research Guide
When you talk about the “Pennsylvania archives,” know that the phrase can mean either the Pennsylvania State Archives or the publication Pennsylvania Archives. The latter, a 132-volume set of published records, contains everything from the early government’s official correspondence to land, military and church records. Its tax lists (not complete for every county) date from the 1760s to 1780s. The series is free on genealogy website Fold3.com, and it’s on Family History Library microfilm.
Genealogy Fast Facts from the Kansas State Research Guide
- Statehood: 1861
- US territory status: 1854
- First federal census: 1860
- Extant territorial/state censuses: various from 1855 to 1859; every 10 years from 1865 to 1925
- Statewide birth and death records begin: 1911
- Statewide marriage records begin: 1913
- Public-land state
- Counties: 36 in 1855; 105 today (boundaries set in 1893)
- Contact for vital records: Office of Vital Statistics, Suite 120, Curtis State Office Building, 1000 SW Jackson St., Topeka, KS 66612, (785) 296-1400
Genealogy tip from the Massachusetts State Research Guide
As in other New England states, you’ll find most Massachusetts records on the town level, not in county offices. Birth, marriage and death records date from the colony’s founding. Contact town clerks using the directory on the secretary of state’s website. Many town records through 1850 or later have been published and/or microfilmed: try the Family History Library and the Boston Public Library collections. Subscription website Ancestry.com has an enormous database of Massachusetts town records, and a supplemental one of just town birth records. Boston didn’t record births from 1800 to 1849; use city directories, dating to 1789, to fill the gap (Ancestry.com has many Boston directories).
Towns also kept school and tax records, business licenses, meeting minutes, livestock earmarks (to show ownership) and for voting purposes, lists of freemen (landowning men of legal age—usually 21 but as young as 16). Call your ancestral town clerk to learn the records’ whereabouts. Search a descriptive index and catalog for 18 volumes of documents on the state archives website.